Writing Progress: Mortal Clay, Metal Heart

Did vasty gobs of research on early steel manufacturing and consolidated my notes on the Qin Dynasty, Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, and his terracotta army. Ad hoc research win! ‘Cept I have to force myself to remember not to get too caught up in the research and neglect to write the story.


Writing Stuff

New Words:
• 1.5K on the terracotta warrior steampunk Asian fantasy, tentatively titled “Mortal Clay, Metal Heart.” It seems to be acquiring Pygmalion overtones, too. Urg. Must keep it under 6K words…

• Note from my Cricket editor letting me know that “The Tortoise Bride” has been slotted for the October issue. Woohoo!
• Email from Norilana pointing me to an excellent review at Someone’s Read it Already of Returning My Sister’s Face:

Overall, I really enjoyed this collection. I’m not familiar with very many East Asian folk or fairy tales, and this was a great introduction, I thought. Ms. Foster’s comments explaining her inspiration were also quite helpful, and it’s definitely convinced me that not only should more authors write in these settings, but that I should search out some of the original tales myself. I’d recommend it to nearly everyone


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5 Responses to Writing Progress: Mortal Clay, Metal Heart

  1. j_cheney says:

    It seems to be acquiring Pygmalion overtones, too….

    So, I read this, and my mind immediately makes the jump to My fair Lady, and I’m picturing terra cotta warriors jumping about the couches and singing….

    It’s chaos inside my head. Sorry.

  2. yukinooruoni says:

    If you’re interested, I have 1 or 2 episodes of Ancient Discoveries from History Channel that deal with ancient China’s tech and the *incredibly* high level of ability they had – Blast furnaces, automata no one believed existed until recently, etc.

  3. sboydtaylor says:

    Hey, great news on the Cricket sale 🙂 Are they invite-only?

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